OT--Neighbors' trashy yards---WWYD?
I have lived in the same typcial tract neighborhood for almost 30 years...no HOA. While none of our houses would be on the cover of H&G, most of us keep the front looking decent--maintain the beds, keep the lawn mowed, do needed painting of front doors, shutters, etc..But the two worst offenders are directly across the street from me and I am sick of looking at these eyesores...one in particular. My one neighbor is a widow but has grown sons living there who mow the law occasionally and that's about it. In 30 years, not one ounce of fertilizer..and the original builder bushes which are so overgrown she has about a 12" wide path leading to the front door. Nancy was never much of a housekeeper either---a slew of kids---smoked like fiend--cabinet doors falling off...you get the picture...every neigborhood has a Nancy. I'm guessing she still has the same builder grade carpet that came with the house. Now that the kids are grown, I talk to her once or twice a year if we catch each other outside. Neigbor two---he's retired, she isnt...no kids. They are hoarders....they had to replace garage doors 2 years ago and couldnt get everything back in..so for 2 years an old, rusted metal porch settee had been sitting in their side yard in direct view of our driveway. It now has grass growing up through it with a blue tarp thrown over it which never stays on. In front of it is a big mound of dirt where he took out bushes several years ago. It has leftover stalks from the bushes and weeds sticking up outof the mound. On top of this, they have had an RV in their driveway for 25 years that they have taken out maybe 4-5 times in the 25 years.Neither neighbor has painted or replaced their shutters in 30 years, they are old and faded.
While they have a nice view because we and our adjoining neigbors maintain our exteriors, we have to look at dumps! Not to mention dragging down the neighborhood and property values. We almost sold and moved 15 years ago....now I am regretting we didnt. I am not one for confrontation.....how would you handle this? Anonymous letter? I get that Nancy just doesnt give a darn what her house looks like inside or out...and if she were there alone I might understand...but she has grown sons who are quite capable of trimming bushes, etc..Retiree spends hours putting up Halloween and Christmas decorations, so he could certainly take care of his yard as well.
Thanks for letting me vent...all suggestions welcome!